Broadcaster and columnist Percival Mabasa better known as Percy Lapid is dead after he was shot by two unidentified assailants in Las Piñas City this Monday night.
The incident happened in Barangay Talon Dos, according to a report in Unang Balita of GMA News this Tuesday.
According to the police, Percy Lapid entered a subdivision at 8:30 p.m. on Aria Street when two men on a motorcycle shot him.
Eyewitnesses said that an SUV first crashed into the back of the victim’s car before it was run over by the motorcycle riders.
The suspects immediately fled.
The police recovered two spent firearms at the crime scene.
The police investigation into the incident continues. They have started gathering CCTV footage that may have captured the incident.
The police have formed a special investigation task force to focus on the investigation, according to the Philippine National Police this Tuesday.
“The PNP vows to bring justice to an attack against a member of the media industry,” the PNP said. “Investigation is underway to determine the culprits and motive of this case.”
“A Special Investigation Task Force was already created by Las Piñas City Station of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) to spearhead and coordinate the investigative and prosecutorial efforts of the PNP.”
Broadcaster Percy Lapid shot dead in Las Piñas
According to the relatives, they know of no death threats against Lapid. The victim was on his way home when the shooting happened.
The remains of the broadcaster have been taken to the funeral home.
Percy Lapid, well-known for his criticism of former President Rodrigo Duterte and current President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has a radio show called “Lapid Fire” on DWBL 1242.
Lapid Mabasa was the older brother of Roy Mabasa, who previously served as president of the National Press Club and as a correspondent for the Manila Bulletin.
His most recent show, which aired on September 30, addressed a variety of political concerns, including the risks associated with red-tagging.
Since then, the comment sections of his social media posts have been inundated with people demanding justice for his murder.